Description - Welcome to the American River Parkway! You are one of more than 5 million visitors each year to be drawn to this unique wildlife and recreation area, that is known as the "jewel of Sacramento." The 23-mile Parkway, runs from Hazel Avenue and the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, west to the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers. From historic Gold Rush and Maidu Indian sites to lush riverine forests and oak woodlands, and the winding green river itself. Many people, from administrators to park rangers, maintenance and naturalists watch over and care for the parkway to make your experience here a pleasant one.
- As the American River Parkway's popularity and natural diversity would indicate, there are an endless range of activities awaiting you, your family and friends. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck and their lures at every part on the parkway. Canoeists, kayakers and rafters can dip their paddles into the chilly, sometimes challenging water of the American River. Recreational boaters can launch at Discovery Park, making discoveries of their own along the winding banks. Picnickers and large groups can enjoy food and togetherness at nearly every park site. Picnic areas at some parks can be reserved. The parkway also offers opportunities for nearby golf, guided natural and historic tours, archery, game fields and more.
The American River Parkway's Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail and separate equestrian trail offer hikers, cyclists and horseback riders prime opportunities for outdoor recreation, nature viewing and relaxation. Wildlife enthusiasts can add to their life lists at most parks on the Parkway. Hiking and horse trails help walkers, joggers, hikers and horseback riders connect with the nature they crave.
The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Parking fees are collected yearlong. Self-payment is required if no fee collector is present.
Recreation - The Parkway has something for everyone: hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, paddling, fishing, boating, golfing, viewing historic sites, archery, field games, wildlife watching, and more.
Climate - A generally warm, dry climate prevails in the Central Valley; it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Precipitation in the region falls mainly from October through April. Winter temperatures tip well below freezing producing frost, however, snow is very rare. Summer temperatures above 100 degrees F are part of the normal pattern.
The American River Parkway stretches from Discovery Park at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers, east to Hazel Avenue and the Natomas Fish Hatchery. Access to the Parkway can be obtained from U.S. Highway 50.